The Ondřej Havelka-Gluck-Greek Orpheus

You don't have to wait for Orpheus to return to either the Underworld or to Český Krumlov, thanks to a filmed version of Gluck's Baroque opera.

You don’t have to wait for Orpheus to return to either the Underworld or to Český Krumlov, thanks to a filmed version of Gluck’s Baroque opera.

This is the story behind the story behind the story: Czech jazz/swing musician/director Havelka directs Gluck’s Baroque version of a classic Greek myth … on film. –Got that?

Ondřej Havelka, in addition to his music, also directs films.

He had the opportunity to produce and film Gluck’s Baroque opera Orpheo ed Eurydice (1762) in the classicly preserved Baroque theatre in Český Krumlov.

During last month’s Opera Festival 2015, the film was shown at Aero Kino, followed by a live discussion led by Mr Havelka. Here’s what we saw.

Backstage at the Opera

This wasn’t the first visit for the versatile director Ondřej Havelka; his first attempt to introduce this unique UNESCO treasure on the film screen came in 2011 with the performance of the opera Dove è Amore è Gelosia’ by Giuseppe Scarlatti.

Watch what happens backstage during an authentic Baroque opera, in this Scarlatti opera produced earlier by Mr Havelka.

If you’ve never visited the Baroque Theatre in Český Krumlov (or even if you have), you probably haven’t seen the theatre like this. In this film you can see the ‘virtual reality’ of this well-preserved treasure: the original stage and scenery with their Gardens of Eden, flying birds, and rocking waves. But you also see the space behind, below, or on the way to the theatre. …

To see this entire article in full, with two videos including a video excerpt of the performance, click here or on the black “Other Side of the Curtain” tab at the top of the page.

Photo Credits: Libor Sváček

2 Comments

  1. Gerry Houska
    Posted March 31, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Would love to get my hands on a DVD of the performance, alas nothing under your “shop” tab.

  2. Posted April 1, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    We would too! We’ll check into it and let you know if it’s possible. Thanks for asking!
    Mary

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